Yearly Archives: 2019

Are you considering a change in career?

Posted on August 16, 2019 at 1:23 pm

The average person can expect to change careers at least once in his or her lifetime. Making an informed decision regarding your career will certainly increase the likelihood that you will be more satisfied with it, but even if you do everything right, there are no guarantees the career you choose when just starting out is the one that you will be happy with in the future.

There are many reasons for people deciding to have a career change; sometimes it’s due to wanting a job with different hours or that they can earn more money or it may be that you feel you get no satisfaction out of your current position. Giving up a paid job may be very daunting especial if you have a number of financial commitments. You may need to return to some sort of education to train for a new career often leaving you without a wage or a part time wage. This will impact you in terms of your financial situation and you need to check that you can still afford to support yourself. If you are going back in to education, you may have to find the course yourself or you may be eligible for a grant or a loan to help you out. This can have a massive effect on the household income and often is enough to put many people off.

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Help controlling your classroom

Posted on July 25, 2019 at 10:09 pm

If you are going to be teaching a new year group of class when you go back in September it is important that you start as you mean to go on. You need to establish ground rules immedialty but also show that you have a caring and funny side.

You do not have to go in shouting and screaming at everyone on the first day, but you do need them to know that you will not put up with bad behaviour and that you expect them to listen and work hard.

A good way to start on your first day back is to introduce yourself to the class and find out a little bit about them. Get each of them to stand up and say one thing they enjoyed doing in the summer holidays. After that get them all to sit back down and start to go through some house rules. Explain what behaviour you expect from them and what will happen should they break the rules. Children respond well to rewards, so introducing a rewards system can help pupils stay on target. If you find a group of children who are constantly misbehaving together then it is often a good idea to split them up straight away to avoid them getting into bad habits.

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Working more than one job at a time

Posted on June 10, 2019 at 10:03 pm

Almost all of us have to work to allow us to pay the bills. People are often having to work longer hours in order to stay afloat and with job security, always a concern for many of us, you may consider getting two or more jobs.

It may be that you want to earn money fast and cannot find a full time job that pays enough. You may decide to take two part time jobs in order to make up your wage. Some people even decide to do a full time job and then additional work at the weekend of even in the evening. This is not ideal and it may be that you are working more hours than you are supposed to. It can have a serious knock on effect on your health and wellbeing. 

When considering working two or more jobs there are some points you should consider. Some employers will state in their terms of employment that you are not allowed to work for another company without their prior permission. If they find out you are working for another company you may find yourself sacked under gross misconduct.  You may also be taxed on both jobs, or have your tax free allowance used on one job so the other job you pay tax on every penny you earn. 

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How to find employment in a job that you will enjoy

Posted on May 26, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Job satisfaction is very important but many of us sacrifice it often for money.

There may come a time when you find yourself out of work, often this can bring on a lot of worry as you may have to secure another job due to financial commitments.  You may not be able to afford to wait around to find the perfect job and therefore have to settle for something that is not really what you want to be doing or for working for a company that you didn’t want to just to bring in the pennies.

It is important to think carefully about the pros and cons of a job when searching for new employment. It may be that you find a vacancy but it is miles away from where you live. You need to make sure you know how you will get there and ideally wok out how much the travel will cost you each day as this can really have an impact on the wage that you are going to be left with after.

Although you may need to find a job quickly, job satisfaction can have a massive knock on effect on job performance and therefore can make a huge difference in how well you complete tasks within your job. Although money is work, if you take a job purely for the money benefit and do not enjoy it at all this will affect how well you do the job and you may find that you cannot perform as you should.  

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Finding employees for season job vacancies

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Some businesses have what’s called seasonal trends. Meaning that at certain times in the year they are generally busier or quieter than others. For many retail industries these peak times often happen a few months of so in the run up to holidays such as Christmas. For other businesses they may find that the summer months are their busiest time and winter tends to be quieter.
It is important to assess whether your business has seasonal trends as this will allow you to get ready for these times.
You may need extra help around your busier periods but not be able to keep employees on throughout the year. If this is the case then you need to look in to hiring seasonal staff. This is usually done by offering a temporary contract of say 3 months. After which time you do not have to renew their contract if you do not have a need to do so.
If you’re in an industry where your busiest times fall in line with many other companies then you need to start early to be able to fill your vacancies before the competition snaps them all up. The earlier you get ahead and start advertising your vacancies, the sooner you can secure candidates and begin organising work rotas or shifts.

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How to find the right employees

Posted on March 26, 2019 at 11:25 am

If your business is getting to the stage when you need to employ more people or if you have a member of staff leaving and need to fill the position, then you need to try and find the best possible candidates.

Many companies stipulate strict criteria that needs to be met in order for someone to apply for a job. This may be essential, where the job requires you to have certain qualifications by law, but if this is not the case then you may be missing out on an ideal candidate. 

Sometimes a candidate may not have all the qualifications or experience that you think you would like but that doesn’t mean that they are not the perfect person for the job. With any job role, personality plays a big part. You need to ensure that the person has the right work ethic and can mesh well with the rest of your team. Someone who is friendly, hardworking and willing to go the extra mile may be more suitable that someone who is more qualified.

You will need to analyse CV’s to be able to create a short list of people you want to invite in for an interview, but it is often only during the interview stage that you will really know if they are the right person for you.

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Do exam results have a massive effect on future job prospects?

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm

As a young student at school, you may not realise the importance of exams and not worry too much about them. So exams such as SATs have little effect on future career prospects but when it comes to GCSE’s and A- Levels, you may want to take the time to see what impact these may have.
If you’re not planning on going to college, sixth form or university then you may feel that your exam results are going to have little impact on your career, but you should always bear in mind that there may be a time when you change your mind and decide to return to education. If you have good GCSE’s or A-levels under your belt, you will often find it a lot easier going to university as a mature student.
Exam results are not everything but have a good basis level of education will help with almost any job that you want to pursue in the future. English and Maths are often regarded as the core subjects that most employers like to see a pass.
If you have not got the grades you wanted at school then it’s not too late to do them now. If you have children at school you may even find that they run courses for parents to attend which results in a recognised qualification.

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Using LinkedIn to find job offers

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 2:20 pm

If you are in the process of looking for work then you may have heard about how LinkedIn can help you. LinkedIn is a social media site that allows people to create a profile and put on information about themselves, previous work experience, qualifications and skills. You can build up a network on the site of people that you know who can then endorse you for skills, stating that they agree you are skilful in a particular area.
If an employer or agency is looking for potential recruits they may use Linked in to contact people listed with the skill set they are looking for to see if they would be interested in applying. They may also use this to access candidates who apply for jobs with them.
Whether you post anything on social media it is important to remember that it may be looked at in the future by potential employers and they may make assumptions about you based on your profile.
If you are looking for work then you can now set your LinkedIn profile to show that you are open to offers and looking for work. This will make your profile stand out a little to recruiters.

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